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Subject: Your reviews are very helpful
Hello, I never got to see the dead, but followed phish around for awhile. I just wanna say that I pick out One concert every night to listen to. What influences my choice the most is reading your reviews and stories. Some of them are so vivid It makes me feel I'm there. Please don't stop. Write a review for every show you have seen and tell a story if it's interesting.
Delightful Dead -
Subject: Simply Stunning
this show is outta this world! a must have for any collection.
Subject: great show!
the boys played on a flatbed truck at the fieldhouse. Excellent songlist and all is well played, I enjoy listening to the band fixing the sound issues in the first set. Download now!!
Subject: 82?? Iowa???
I plead ignorance... 82-84 is the Dead era of which I've heard the least. I have to say I'm really surprised. this is a tight, energetic performance with some great jams and many standout performances. I would give this a 4 1/2 but that option doesn't exist.
All the highlights have been covered below but an honourable mention to a rare electric On The Road Again into Beat It On Down The Line. Just a stellar performance. The Dead at their most fun.
"C'mon Bobby"... hilarious. Brent sounds like a children's singer trying to get the kids to sing along.
Subject: Umm, Phil..... they *did* build a better place to play
I was at this one as well as the previous thirteen going back to 7-17-82. Comments previous about the vibe, cops, etc are all spot on. The energy was *there*.
The music was *there*.
The comment before the encore is from Phil not Bob, first praising the Heads that had been on tour for the previous month and then indirectly the university and the Iowa City community. Curiously, not far from this decaying old field house they were finishing up the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. There, Phil, your better place to play. Yet the Dead never came back to Iowa City. And only came to Iowa one last time to play in Cedar Rapids in 1984 (another good show, BTW).
I've never lived in Iowa, I never attended the University of Iowa, but from the experience of this show, I have been a Hawkeyes football fan ever since.
Subject: awesome 82
amazing set list, so stacked, so many good tunes, stagger lee love that one, just a great show overall, the cassidy was particularly good here
wow, i thought 1982 would blow donkey dick until i heard this show and DP 32 (8/7/82). the first set is fine but the second set china cat > end is worthy of repeat listens...best Eyes of the '80s fur sur...
Subject: u all remember iowa city 82? wow
Aug 10 1982 at the Old Fieldhouse in Iowa City was my bacherlor party. Harvey Joe camped out to buy 24 tickets, 12 first row, 12 second. Only problem was Jerry switched sides the year before or so that bothered Bill Brannin. But I didn't know. I'd only been to one other show before, at the Rosemont in Chicago when I thought Sampson and Delilah was going to cause the roof to collapse and Bill's brother drove the wrong way down the off ramp on the way back to Iowa.
A hoist of our own petarra? Didn't know what that meant either, or spell it. Sound check in middle of show? CHeck.Check.Do we have PA yet? Only kind of. How bout stage left? I fell for the `I know you can do it' Tinkerbell plea. As I said, WOW! Amazing to this day. And then On the Road Again. What can you say? Indeed.
Favorite stagger lee ever. Maybe it was the roses induced a paranoid reference to the fact we hawkeyes were suddenly uppity about our Rose Bowl trip. Lost Sailor? Holes in my jeans? Are you kidding me? Sugar Mags???? DAYDREAMMMMMMM!!! Bobby's raspy voice shouting it out, last night of the tour. Last night of the tour. That's the only one of those I ever saw. And I can still hear it. Stella. Be Good. And... he said, it was good.
I saw many many more shows, but never one that topped that in my mind. So glad now to read it was special to others too.
And yes, Bobby did say, And for those of you who live around here, have them build a better place for us to play next time. But I Don't think they ever came back. Saw them mostly RFK after that. So just to finish this rambling story that is all YOUR GUYS' fault for drawing me into this and refusing to stop reminiscing ... I got married to my high school sweetheart later that summer and have been for 27 years or so. And while that long strange trip may not last much longer, I'll always have 82. Especially now that the Music Never Stops.
Thanks all of you for sharing. Go Hawks! Go Rat Dogs! Go Drums and Space. Go Further and further. We'll be back in a little bit.... chrs,
Subject: Awesome performance...High Energy!
Great performance from the boys...very high energy! Healy did a fantastic job with this recording, especially the drummer's channel separation. Healy did not mix enough of Phil's bass into the recording, IMHO. The performance and overall sound quality makes up for this one small deficiency. Well worth a listen.
John Bouffard -
Subject: Reckless & Hot
Stagger Lee->Miracle->Bertha defintly worth a listen! Stella Blue and Babyblue are incredible! The whole show rocks...............This is a sickness!
Subject: how do I download this show?
I'm used to sugarmegs (and sending maxell's in the mail long before that), so please tell me how I can download all these shows that appear to be stream only? thanks.
Subject: One of the best online Dead shows
3 elements alignment - great songs, band was on, and the recording is clear. Definately deserves a place in the collection.
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: Sound Sucks Until On The Road Again
It's night and day.
The first six songs have a weird P.A. anomaly and what is prevalent: a high end distortion. At first, the distortion is a distraction to the listener, but, the GD are playing well and take a beer barrel break and just left it up to the engineers to mix the sound, and voila'! the whole sizzling omelet eased into an astoundingly raccous "On The Road Again" and glided thru Beat It into Stagger. By the first verse of Stagger, the sound is strong and unfettered. Finally! I understand why so many rave about this U. of Iowa show in Iowa City, Iowa.
What transpires is everything everybody agreeing that this is such a beautiful recording of a beautifully executed performance from the end of the first set's Miracle into fire-breathing Bertha.
Second set opens with a meteorite shake China Cat>Rider which breaks free of lead-lined walls. Sailor is a welcome restbit, but Saint is a three minute mile into Eyes, and they just go CRAZY on Eyes. Jerry is just all over it seventh magnitude.
The sound is rich and vibrant. It's ...consuming.
Great drums into a deeply groovin' Iko into Truckin into Stella>Magnolia. Bobby is going askance throughout the entire process with all these insane sideways chords and fills to what Jerry's so casually and effortlessly laying down. What does it do to a listener? It puts a listener exterior. And then, after all this insane back and forth, Bobby tries to launch into Around but Jerry heads him off at the pass and turns it into Sugar. Pure 151 Rum.
Double encore. A Baby Blue and their personal acknowledgement of a brilliant performance, Johnny B Goode.
I do not believe I have ever heard a GD concert which features as much striking and riveting interplay between Bobby and Jerry.
This show is near perfection.
northstar dead -
Subject: Grateful Dead
Wow, would have loved to been there. Wish I was diggin the Dead instead of Rush, Judas Priest etc.. during this time.
This show is a smokin OUCH it is HOT.
Love the stories from folks at this show.
Keep On Truckin
Subject: Happy Birthday Iowa City!!!
25 years later and it still sounds fresh. Simply great stuff.
Subject: Summer 82
Five-star show without a doubt.
Along with 8/3/82 Starlight and others in this amazing Summer Tour, this gem reveals the boys at their musical peak in this humble Swami's opinion. Previous Brent-Era shows featured more of a slow, funky groove, while 83-85 was fast yet sloppy at times. This point in Dead history is where they reached top speed while still maintaining their crisp musical cohesion and vocal prowess.
The only other thing to add to the previous reviews of this one is to mention the excellent performances by Brent and the drummers.
Subject: This was my first Dead show
This was my first Dead show, and unfortunately I only got to see them one more time, July 4, 1984 in Cedar Rapids. When I went into this show, I can honestly say I knew only "Truckin'", "Johnny B. Goode", and "On The Road Again', and I only knew it because my friends and I watched an HBO special on the Dead a week earlier and they did that song on it. When my room mate would play the Dead I would ask him how he could listen to them because they sucked. Then I saw this show. I was already hooked by "Friend Of The Devil" and the next day I bought 7 Dead albums. We had 10th row seats on the floor, and I was just in awe watching them. The people were cool, I was astounded at the number of tapers, and the Deadheads behind us who moved their chairs so they could sit on the floor. I remember hearing one of them say that they thought the second set on the second night in Chicago was a better show than this one. I remeber thinking "How can you say that? You aren't even listening to this one" I also remember them wishing they would play "Franklin's Tower". A lot of the banter between songs has been cut out of this show. This was supposed to be the last show in the Field House, as the new Carver-Hawkeye Arena was due to open in a few months. I remember Bobby making a comment about how we needed to build them a new place to play in next time. This show hooked me on the Dead and I've been sharing them with everyone I can ever since. I still have my ticket and my shirt from this show, and in a very strange coincidence, this show opened with "Feel Like A Stranger" and "Friend Of The Devil", and the other show I saw in CR in 7-4-84 opened with the exact same two songs, in the same order. This is a phenomenal show, and if you want it downloaded, I have two words for you. RECORD IT. There are free programs that you can use for that out there like Audacity. It is such a thrill to have this how to listen to.
Chris U. -
Subject: C'mon Bob!
The technical difficulties are a hoot.
Seems like Bobby is distracted by them at the beginning of ROSES. In the middle of the first chorus, somebody (Brent? Jerry?) can be heard shouting ("C'mon Bob") because he obviously isn't singing. He joins for the rest of the choruses but his guitar falls out of the mix completely ...
Subject: SEX CHANGE
bobby's lyrics in truckin,"what in the world ever happened to sweet jane? ever since she said no to a sex change, all her friends can say is oh what a shame"
How do I download individual songs or the entire concert?
Subject: Top three of 1982
I've been listenting to several 1982 shows so I can keep the best ones, and this one is a keeper. It's sound quality is a 4/5, and the singing and musicianship is probably a 4.5/5. This is much better than the show from several nights ago 7-31-1982, for some reason people think that show is great. Many dead flubs in 7-31 and the audio is not good.
I agree with the previous poster, many upbeat versions of songs and the sound quality is quite nice. Jerry's voice shows no sign of wear and tear and Bobby is his usual self. I recommend this show for a download, if you know how (and I happen to know how!)
Subject: A Best of '82
Like 8/7/82 (Alpine Valley, Dick's Pick's 32), this show has inspired playing with brisk tempos (check Bertha). China>Rider, Lost>Saint>Eyes are especially appealing.
Another great 'college town' show!
Subject: sweet Jesus
This is mint. I have a handful of 82's in the collection and went to beef up and found this beauty. Amazing. Looking at that setlist it just gets me pissed at a '95 with a 6 song 40 min cop out. This is so sweet. Miracle>bertha in the 1st set and a daily double encore. Yes sir! 5 big ones for this baby. Oh yeah, I can't download.
Subject: Love this show !
I think this is the same year my buddy and I saw our first CSN show (Daylight again tour). Great year !
This Iowa show is just wonderful. I downloaded it from gdlive.com about two years and still enjoy it.
I love the fast-paced version of Bertha, very much unlike the slower groove I hear on the May 9th, 1977 show in Buffalo, NY.
Subject: Solid. Energy Packed. Listen NOW!
To the keepers of the archive and Charlie Miller - thank you thank you thank you!
The reviews say it all and the sound is GREAT.
Subject: 8/10/82 Iowa City Fieldhouse
Do yourself a favor and get a lossless version of this amazing show. You need to hear every single bit of musical information Charlie Miller brought forth in his efforts. What you will find is one of best Grateful Dead concerts of all time. Period.
The entire show is nothing short of perfection leading you into one of the best second sets ever.
ChinaRider, SailorSaint take you to on your course toward...
A Smokin' Eyes Of The World!
A Great Iko and Truckin'
An Absolutely beautiful Stella...(has to rank highly in a top 20 whatever, it's a TEN.)
An Energised Sugar Mag wraps things up, or does it?
The crowd pleasin' Jerry/Bobby encore combo of Baby Blue and JB Goode delivers you to the end of the road. I can only imagine how wound up the deadheads were after this show!
This is official release type of material here, folks!
Killer sound just makes this one all that more stunning! Give it a listen, you will know what I'm saying is true.
Grateful Nate -
This show is not leaving my car anytime soon. I concur with everything positive already stated but I just wanted to mention something I don't think I saw. This version of Baby Blue is magical. I didn't think I would ever say this but I like it even more than when Dylan was doing it in the Rolling Thunder Review back in '75. I always like when people do Dylan covers especially Jerry but hardly ever do I like them more than Dylan's own interpretations of his songs. This one is very, very good. Check it out. Usually, with the encores, I could take them or leave them but not at this show.
On a side note I just wanted to mention how lucky I feel to stumble upon this one here at the archive. A lot of the reviews here bash this era for reasons that don't make any sense to me. People have to knock Brent, praise Keith, and even put Jerry down. I am glad this show has not been polluted with such ignorant reviews yet. It truly is a gem beyond tangible value and I feel sorry for anyone who is afraid to listen due to preconceived notions about the state of the band during this period.
Subject: only in Iowa
Fun times. Drove from Ann Arbor to Iowa City. Stayed wtih a college buddy that was working on his PhD in econ. 12th row center. Great show... Lots of energy. Especially that Bertha to end the first set.
Subject: Super Icky
The only time the boys ever played on my birthday, what a treat. Stella blue>Sugar Mags...Wicked. Sound 5 Set list 5 Band 5
Subject: She's on the road again with Sailor Saint
Great show, with some awesome quality. The lost sailor is orgasmic lol.....well maybe not that good, but I like it. Great show. An awesome 1980's. One for the collection
Subject: Best Show of 82
Epic Show! Sailor>Saint is unreal. Bobby is prophetic on the Saint rap. The Eyes is the best of the 1980s. Sugar Mags for the ages! More later.
Subject: Best Show of 82
Epic Show! Sailor>Saint is unreal. Bobby is prophetic on the Saint rap. The Eyes is the best of the 1980s. Sugar Mags for the ages! More later.
Purple Gel -
Subject: Great Show
I have to agree with the previous reviewer. I saw the boys from'77 til the end and to me the best period that I saw was fall'79-end of '82. Personally I absolutely loved '81 most of all.
poor willie john -
Subject: '82 Rules!!!
I love '82. Jerry's voice had mellowed to oh so cool. The licks were rippin' and the boys grooved so focused. This Summer show is another killer example. Whole show smokes. Get it.
And just to soapbox a little...I'm a little tired of people attaching caveats like "for an 80s show" to (good) reviews for this period. I like the '70s as much as the next guy, but for those of us who really dig 80s shows (and I'm gonna say...again...'82 is da bomb!), shame on you for making excuses for liking it. This is smokin'. Smokin', smokin', smokin'. Rock on.
Subject: Top Drawer
This really is excellent. Great, energetic sound and playing. Jerry sounds sweet...
It just sounds like everyone is having an amazing time...band, crowd, heads, event staff...everyone. Kinda like Veneta. Good vibe!
In the top ten I've taken from the Archive for sure. Probably top 5...but I love the eighties.
Patty Falafal -
One of the best downloads I've done from the archive-LOVE the sound... Great FOD and Cassidy...A throwback, excellent tempo, rider that reminds me of very early years (the way I like it best). Yes the Eyes is wonderful as the whole show is mixed very very well. Revised to five stars on her anniversary-081005-has grown into one of my most appreciated, beautiful shows for several reasons...peace
Amazing Show from start to finish
Subject: midwest magic
I hitch hiked to East Troy Wis. from Connecticut not even knowing about the University of Iowa show.After the second Alpine Valley show people were asking everyone if they were going down to Iowa city! I pulled out my map to see how far it was,after what I had witnessed the previous two nights ,the decision came easy!I really do love the other reviews. Yes,I do recall how cool the cops were.In fact this may have been the most surreal show of my 60+,so outta contex.Somehow I ended up partying with some local heads,they took me to a bridge that spanned the Iowa river,we crawled onto the structural supports beneath the bridge,and there several of the most beautiful dead murals were painted,we hung our legs and partyed as we stared down into the Iowa river!!! once in a while you get shone the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right-I could not believe my eyes when I walked into that field-house and seen all those folding chairs,followed bye ,what may be the most unique and intiment show I was apart of!Thanks boys ,thanks for the music,thanks for the wierd wonderful times.I owe you all a debt i can never repay!!!you know my love will NOT fadeaway tp76
Subject: Amazing show - listen to Sugar Magnolia
I did this whole summer tour from Ventura on. It really was a hot tour - they broke out Crazy Fingers and something else (but I can't recall right now).
But I must say, that this show, the last of the tour was super hot. And you just have to listen to Sugar Mags to understand. I will never forget the dancing that went on during this tune. it was truly one of the hottest scenes I ever saw at a show.
If I recall correctly we didn't even fill the hall & there was some huge white sheet cutting the hall in half.
I met the Dead that night! We went to a hotel where there were parties the night before the show. the hotel caught on so on the second night they called the cops who came into lobby & said "everyone go to your rooms". we were pretty freaked. some head yelled out to me and a friend that we should go to room "such & such" - so we went to that room and knocked on the door. Phil Lesh answered the door - we must have looked pretty nervous cause he invited us in, handed us something & said "here you look like you need this". everyone was there but Jerry....
Subject: It's a beaute Clark, it's a beaute!
I'm only on Cassidy and I'm already blown away. This sound has some eerie gracefulness to it. I can't quite put my finger on it, but then again that's the good ole' Grateful Dead. Beautiful stuff, great sound.
Subject: Agreed Indeed
Listen to Bobby tear up Iko so much he drowns out Jerry. All the other reviews are right on.
Subject: go johnny go
what an excellent show. this happened to land on the day i was born so i'm thankful for such a great show. years ago i found the first set and it was pretty much my first dead cd, what an introduction. now i'm a big fan, of course. wish i could have made the trip from Milwaukee to see this one.
Subject: Bertha sings
great show with incredible sound. Bertha is just on fire and they dont let up thru the second set.
Subject: Iowa Tin Box
Does anyone recall how surprisingly cool the cops were after that show? They led us to a camping spot, where we were all left to our own devices. A very cool scene indeed. I also recall Bobby mentioning something about it felt like they were in a tin box acoustically, so I'm extra pleased about the sound quality of this show. Stella was steller indeed.
capn doubledose -
Subject: Start to finish a wopper
I used to come across this board all the time in the early 80's and cannot believe I never taped this - Had sort of a jaundiced view of '82 however this really does restore my faith for this spotty year.
Mr. Charlie - Lambertville -
Subject: CUH MON! What about Stella?
I agree with what everyone has written and want to make one important addition. What about Stella? This show was the end of the west/midwest tour. I had caught about 12 of the 14 or so shows starting in Ventura. I was going to school at boulder and was heading east after this night to see my rents for a couple of weeks before heading back out west again.
The energy in the field house was high and so was I...so for years I have wanted to hear it again to be sure that it wasn't just one of those moments. I remember out in the parking lot after the show I grabbed a beer out of the cooler and joined a conversation between some friends of mine about the show. Still heavily dosed I innocently said "yeah and what about that Stella Blue" and everyone in our little discussion as well as some close by all answered in unison...."Yeeaahhhh. That was something".
Stella can be an unwelcome staple that sucks the life and energy out of the back side of a smokin second set. However, this one is pure. Jerry is crying like the wind as he sings like a broken angel from his guitar. It oooozes!!
Subject: First tapes
The first two tapes i had was 7/1/85,
and then this tape, second set also.
The second set is Perfect.Period.
The Iko out of space is the hidden treat.
Brent singin nicelike.
Along with Merriweather '85 ,this is a must for any collection.
A band beyond description in '82 all day long.
Jonathan Aizen 10 stars
I couldn't agree more with just about everything said. I just needed to add my 5 stars to the mix. Solid solid solid. Best '82??
Subject: Great 80s show
Yet another great 80s--one of my favorites. The Eyes is sick. Even more than the second solo, for me the first solo is classic Jerry. It's another one of those occasions when, for the first minute or so, he's just cruising, just playing around. And then, with a kick from Mickey's snare, he's out of the gate like a thoroughbred...every note just keeps flowing from his mind to his hands like it was all thought out before-hand, breakneck yet lyrical, culminating in a beautiful sequence of an escalating arpeggiated figure (classic Jerry trademarks) that just leave your jaw dropping.
Actually, if you listen to Eyes from earlier this same tour, you hear the genesis of the ideas for the solos in those versions, but it all came together on 8-10.
Subject: some comments
ditto to the other comments plus an amazing version of sailor>saint, my all time favorite. god bless the archive
Subject: yes yes yes
Yet another example of why this may be their best run of shows since 1977. The whole show rocks. The eyes was great.
Subject: A must have
Every fan of the GD needs this show in their collection. Easily the best of the year, and one of the best of the 80s.
Jerry lovers (who isn't?) will go nuts for his 2nd solo in Eyes.